AFTER another weekend of FA Cup surprises I’m not sure how many people will rush to back Man United at Preston tonight.
Louis van Gaal’s side continue to split opinion – they sit third in the Premier League but haven’t won over many fans with their style of play.
A squad packed with superstars such as Robin van Persie, Angel di Maria, Radamal Falcao, Juan Mata and Wayne Rooney should be blowing most sides away.
But United drew 0-0 at Cambridge in the last round, struggled to break down the League Two men in the replay and then were outplayed by Burnley at Old Trafford in midweek despite winning 3-1 in the end.
Preston of course are much better than Cambridge but I’d liked to have seen them a bit bigger than 1-2 with BetVictor and others.
However, the Premier League side should get the job done with the prospect of an FA Cup win in van Gaal’s first season with Arsenal and Liverpool the only other highly-ranked survivors.
One possible bet is United to win by one at 29-10 with Ladbrokes. Preston are a biggest 13-2 with Paddy Power and the draw is 7-2 at McBookie and others.
Simon Grayson’s were struggling until upsetting the form book by knocking out Sheffield United in the previous round and the manager took the Old Trafford side’s scalp while in charge of Leeds six years ago.
Former Scotland striker Paul Gallagher has been a star of their campaign and is 4-1 at bet365 and Betfred to score.
Team news is vital but Van Persie is unlikely to lead the line due to an injury doubt. If he doesn’t start van Gaal is likely to go with Falcao and young James Wilson up top. Wilson’s a good finisher and a fine prospect and is 11-2 at bet365 to score first.
United have been slow starters in recent games away from home so time of first goal after 28 minutes at 6-5 with McBookie and BetVictor is worth a look.
United to win by one
Wilson to score first
Time of first goal after 28 mins
(6-5, BetVictor, McBookie)